We’re pretty addicted to Top Gear here at Lemonade Magazine, so you can imagine my joy when Clarkson did a 16 minute segment featuring my all-time favourite driver, Ayrton Senna. News of a full-length documentary about the Brazilian driving legend added to our excitement. Growing up, watching F1 on a Sunday was a highlight of the week and I never appreciated it at the time or fully understood the impact of Senna’s death at Imola in 1994. Many years later I learnt that Senna briefly lived a short walk from my childhood home when he first came to England to drive for Toleman.
And so I recently obtained a copy of Senna on Blu-ray. The beauty of this wonderful documentary is not in the detail of the sport, nor is it presented in a full on petrol-head manner. Die-hard Senna fans already know the story, the wins, the championships and all the drama. Where Senna really excels is in the story-telling. That’s the reason I love this film so much, Ayrton is an absolute, larger than life, legend. More-over he was an extra-ordinary human-being. This film features friends, family and rival drivers talking extremely candidly about Senna, his exploits both on and off the track. It’s not just a simple documentary about a racing driver, therefore it breaks down barriers and can dispel any preconceptions that casual observers may have about it.
There are some slight issues with pacing, but these are the most minor niggles with a film of this calibre. The score really brings you deep into the film and immerses you in events that took place twenty years ago. Nobody will ever come close to Ayrton Senna and that’s why I love this film so much. Definitely go out and grab a copy of it, even if you don’t like F1, cars or motorsport, you won’t regret watching this film.